Our Homeschool

Homeschooling.  It has come to mean something so much different than when I first started.

Robert and I decided that what fits our family best is the Brave Writer Lifestyle and Wild + Free homeschooling.

Since making the decision to use Brave Writer/coming up with my own stuff, I have felt so empowered. I’m actually a trained teacher, but coming into homeschooling, I have felt like a fish out of water. One of the things I did best as a teacher was doing things more fun and branching out. Yet I struggled with that at home. I went from curriculum to curriculum thinking I needed to find the best and the one that was most rigorous. But that’s not what any of us really want.

So I am feeling passionate now because I am doing what I love, and I get to do it with my own kids!!

We study grammar and spelling through good novels and free resources that I find online! We mostly use Brave Writer resources but other things as well.

I read aloud each day from a novel, picture books, and other books and we also do Poetry Teatime every week. If I can, I try to tie in history and science.

The kids choose novels that they like to independently read. They read for 30 minutes a day. Sometimes Ethan reads aloud to me which has improved his fluency so much!

Karis chooses to use The Good and the Beautiful for language arts, so I let her. She’s 13 and knows her learning style. She’s doing great with it. I have just been printing the free course book. Next year she will start Essentials in Writing and Essentials in Literature, level 9.

We are doing Brave Writer writing projects and random ideas and free resources. Karis is doing quite a bit of writing in her language arts also.

We use Math U See for math because it’s multi-sensory and the kids seem to be learning a lot.

History is learned through the studies that I choose AND we use Story of the World.  Karis prefers structure so she does history on her own.

When there are holiday months, that’s what I focus on.

For science, Karis uses Master Books General Science 1.  The boys, and I just study what we want to.  Karis joins in some just because she loves science!  We’ll see how this goes.

The boys are currently studying astronomy. I love the books that I own for it!

I have found so many free resources! These are just a few activities that we did recently.

Karis is using the Bible app and doing studies and devos through that.

The boys and I are going through The Action Bible using them audio book while they read along, and I ask them questions using the devotional.

The kids have a reading/craft/play room.  The closet has their craft stuff in addition to some other things like our yoga mats, school supplies, and camping gear.

Levi does most of his independent work in here. Ethan chooses to do it right next to me, and I’m cool with that!

Their daily stuff is in the kitchen/dining room.